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Blinken urges young journalists to defend their craft – and themselves

LOS ANGELES – The ninth Summit of the Americas kicked off Tuesday night with remarks by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but much of the discussion was on the safety of journalists in the Western Hemisphere and the growing mistrust of the news media.


Middle seats, canceled flights, COVID exposure: Taurasi, WNBA players sound off on commercial travel

PHOENIX – More WNBA players, including Diana Taurasi, are pushing back about having to fly commercial for road trips, and the issues came to a head earlier this year after the league fined the New York Liberty franchise fined $500,000 for using private jets.


Are race, gender slowing Brittney Griner’s return? Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard raises question

PHOENIX – Brittany Griner’s imprisonment for more than 100 days prompted Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard to question why she remains jailed and compares the case to that of Gabby Petito, the missing vlogger who was murdered.


Flagging devotion: ‘Flags-In’ event prepares Arlington for Memorial Day

ARLINGTON, Va. - As an honor guard member, Airman 1st Class Connor Zierse spends his days at Arlington National Cemetery, but Thursday was different, The former Buckeye resident was there for the “Flags-In” ceremony, helping decorate the 260,000 graves ahead of Memorial Day.


Arizona housing authorities’ strict criminal background checks often bar people who need a second chance

PHOENIX – As they look for a place to live in the state’s tight rental market, applicants with criminal backgrounds seeking government-supported housing face hurdles that go far beyond what the federal guidelines require.


Change of course: Modernization, COVID-19 pandemic help revitalize golf

MESA – Since COVID-19, golf has experienced a boom in popularity. Sales are up, more people are playing and the sport is growing at the professional level.


Forest health in Arizona: Stressed by drought and pests, trees are losing resilience to changing climate

FLAGSTAFF – Many of Arizona’s forests and woodlands are in bad shape, experts say. They’re overgrown, stressed by drought and facing increased threats from wildfires. But stakeholders across the state are collaborating to restore the forests to health. Take a walk in the woods in the Coconino National Forest to see for yourself.


CROWN Act banning discrimination against natural Black hair enacted by Tempe, Tucson

TEMPE – A Tempe natural hair stylist talks about the beauty and diversity of natural hair in light of Tempe and Tucson passing the CROWN Act, which prohibits hair discrimination.


Arizona recruit Dylan Andrews eager to join UCLA basketball this fall

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles native Dylan Andrews played his final year of high school basketball at AZ Compass Prep in Chandler and is committed to playing for the resurgent UCLA Bruins this fall.


Coyotes’ franchise record for NHL debuts signals team in full rebuild mode

PHOENIX – With the newest additions of NCAA standouts Jack McBain and Nathan Smith, the Arizona Coyotes have set a single-season franchise record with 10 players making their NHL debuts in 2022. The mark confirms the team is in full rebuild mode.


Arizona unemployment hit ‘historic’ low of 3.3% in March, new data shows

WASHINGTON - Arizona's unemployment rate fell to 3.3% in March, one of 17 states where the White House said joblessness reached "historic lows." It was lower than the national rate and the lowest in Arizona in a half-century, according to data released Friday.


Arizona jobless rate continues to decline, now lowest in 15 years

WASHINGTON – The Arizona unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% in February, well below pre-pandemic levels and the lowest it has been since 2007, according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.